The National Endowment for the Arts has announced its first funding round for 2016 and it will present a $15,000 Art Works award to New Ballet Ensemble & School to support the family resource center in Orange Mound. This award represents approximately one-fifth of the budget needed to expand the program.
“The arts are part of our everyday lives – no matter who you are or where you live – they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities, and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society. Supporting projects like the one from New Ballet offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”
– National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu
New Ballet Ensemble & School has continuously assisted in the development of the Memphis community, especially in the Orange Mound neighborhood. The family resource center, which opened this year, is the focal point in Orange Mound inside Dunbar Elementary School. This center gives parents and guardians the opportunity to learn computer skills, attend finance and GED classes, and develop job readiness by practices drafting resumes, filling out job applications, and obtaining other employment skills.
“New Ballet has enjoyed strong relationships with Orange Mound for years. We are so grateful to be able to join with the NEA as part of the ongoing renaissance of this historically significant neighborhood. We sincerely hope that the greater Memphis community will now step forward and help us make sure this program reach its full potential.”
– New Ballet Ensemble’s Founder, CEO, and Artistic Director Katie Smythe